Interface design challenge: hidden in plain sight

Interface design challenge: hidden in plain sight

Interface design challenge: How do you present the same information to everyone, yet make sure parts of it are hidden to a select subgroup of viewers? The ANAR Foundation operates a helpline for children facing aggression and maltreatment. Minors at risk can call the number 116 111, which ANAR wanted to advertise and spread the […]

Choosing the right interface

In the User-centered design workshop I teach at the Fraunhofer Institute, I often tell my students: “Understand the problem first, understand the user and context, design the right interface and interaction for it, and only then think about technology. In particular, resist the temptation to use a mobile phone. Mobile phones are great, but they […]

Analog, digital, and configural displays in HCI

Analog, digital, and configural displays in HCI

Imagine you are flying a plane in a moonless night, in the clouds, and there’s turbulence. The laws of physics and the deficiencies of human perception conspire against you. Thankfully, UI design can make your job easier — this is how.

Limitations of interaction with smartphones

Limitations of interaction with smartphones

As the old adage goes, when the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem will look like a nail. Smartphones — and apps — have become so pervasive that they are becoming that proverbial hammer.

How Complex Systems Fail

How Complex Systems Fail

CT Lab has an interesting read on the failure of complex systems. Complex systems are portrayed as running in a degraded mode, due to the inevitable flaws present in them. The humans using them are at the same time users, defenders, and gamblers — taking decisions in the face of uncertainty. Worth reading.